Life Technologies Interview Questions

Updated Sep 17, 2014
Updated Sep 17, 2014
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Life Technologies in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Responded to a job posting on LinkedIn. Within about a week I was contacted by a recruiter who wanted to schedule a preliminary phone screen. After speaking with the recruiter I was scheduled with a phone interview with the hiring manager. The phone interview went well and was then scheduled for an onsite interview with the hiring team consisting of four director level staff, the hiring manager's boss and then finally the hiring manager.

    The questions were a mix of situational and behavioral questions such as, "What would you do if a member of your project would not do what you assigned them to do? or "Tell me about the most difficult project that you had to manage?

    Interview scheduled had to get re-arranged because of a schedule conflict with one of the interviewers. During interview with that particular interviewer it was noticeable that she did not read my resume. She began by asking me to review my entire work history even jobs not relevant to the position for which I was interviewing (Let me state that I was interviewing for a program manager job to take new products from concept to production). She then asked me if I had ever done wet chemistry. I said yes in high school and as an undergraduate engineering student. So, she then asked me what type of pipettes I have used. Essentially, questions irrelevant to the job. Interviewer seemed to be filling time since she didn't have any background in project/program management.

    Aside from that interviewer the rest of the interviews went well and was led to believe that since I was given an onsite interview that I was one of the final candidates for the job. In fact, the hiring manager mentioned that they would be making a decision at the end of the week. However, I should have been a little suspicious when I noticed two days before the onsite interview that the job was re-posted online.

    The following week when I followed up with the HR recruiter I was told that because of the volume of responses they received they were moving forward with additional candidates. Company seems to be looking for the "pie in the sky" candidate.

    In summary, nice facilities, the hiring manager seemed good and the the company is one of the top companies in the industry, however, this whole processes was a waste of time and particularly a vacation day for the onsite interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    phone interview for contractors

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Manufacturing Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Life Technologies.

    Interview Details

    I was hired as a contract worker for Life Tech (Thermo Fisher) by one of their corporate staffing firms. I first submitted my resume to the staffing agency directly. Then, a recruiter from the agency called me and spoke to me about the position and said I sounded like a good fit if I was still interested. I said yes, so she said she will submit my resume to the manager at Life Tech. About a week later, I got a call from the manager at Life Tech and did a phone interview that lasted roughly 25 minutes. Then, about a week later, I was offered the position through the staffing firm.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about Life Technologies, and keeping this in mind, what do you think your position is responsible for contributing to the company, and in regards to your position, what is the biggest strength and weakness you would bring to this position as well as the company as a whole?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Pay was set and you could take it or leave it
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Life Technologies.

    Interview Details

    I received an email from one of the campus recruiters asking if I was still interested in an internship position. I responded that I was and she responded that I would be contacted by a second individual to schedule an interview. Nothing happened for a few days, then I was contacted by the first recruiter telling me that the hiring manager had decided to move forward with an alternate candidate before I even managed to schedule an interview.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    IT QA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Life Technologies in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Spoke to a recruiter at a school job fair and left my resume with her. Got an email later from a university recruiter telling me to apply online and received an email a week later scheduling in on-site interview. Interview was with three interviewers with questions about experience in CS, testing, and work ethics to see how well you would fit in with the team.

    Interview Questions
    • Not difficult or unexpected. I was surprised to have been asked no technical questions though.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Manufacturing Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pleasanton, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies.

    Interview Details

    I was on a tour with 5 others. Got offered job because I asked good questions about the manufacturing process.

    Negotiation Details
    NA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    R&D Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Life Technologies.

    Interview Details

    I met the recruiter for Life Technologies at my university at a job fair. I showed them my resume and they seemed interested and actually interviewed me on the spot which is surprising for a job fair. The recruiter was very nice and talked a lot about the environment at Life Technologies and said that it was divided up into little sections so it felt a lot like a family. The interview was short and unofficial. Though they had come to a college campus, they were not looking for too many entry level engineers interested in hardware.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked a lot of questions about specifics in software language. They use a lot of java and my experience with java is not as good as I thought it was.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Life Technologies.

    Interview Details

    1 in-person interview and 2 phone interviews. In-person was basic background interview and interests. 2 interviews asking some in-depth Java questions.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked about Java thread deadlocks. What causes it and how to solve them? Come up with a spoken solution.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Freelance Creative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Life Technologies in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Contacted via a recruiter at Aquent who screened my profile and portfolio. Portfolio then was sent to the Creative Department content manager who in tern contacted me. I was asked to come in for an interview with the Creative Director, Creative Manager and Art Director. Very casual and friendly interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult or unexpected, with the exception of the question about working on biotech without having expertise in the industry   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Manufacturing Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Grand Island, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grand Island, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 months - interviewed at Life Technologies.

    Interview Details

    1.Phone screen by a recruiter, general s/he set the time and date. You will then get an email whether you've been selected for the next stage.
    2. The recruiter via email asking you to pick the time you are available for an in person interview.
    3. It is a four person interview but not a panel interview. It start off with the recruiter, followed by the hiring manager and two other high ups in the department you applied for. It an hour and forty-five minutes long, so take it easy on the bottled water. the recruiter get 15min and the other 3 get 30min each with you.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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